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Samuel Pepys begins his diary

1st January 1660

Samuel Pepys was an English naval administrator and Member of Parliament, who is now most famous for the diary he kept for a decade while still a relatively young man. Although Pepys had no maritime experience, he rose by patronage, hard work and his talent for administration, to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under both King Charles II and subsequently King James II.

Samuel Pepys: Memoires of the Royal Navy 1690 at Pen and Sword Books Back to Anniversaries